Mr. Terres to Mr. Sherman.
Port an Prince, Haiti, April 2, 1897. (Received _____.)
Sir: I am in receipt of a letter from Th. Behrmann, esq., our vice-consul, acting at Cape Haitien, asking for instructions as to whether or not C. Abegg, esq., consular agent at Port de Paix, has the right to administer oaths and take certain depositions requested in a letter addressed to him by Mr. James H. Kelly, attorney for Mr. Lechner.
I beg to be informed as to whether or not Mr. Abegg, although empowered. by paragraph 482 of the Consular Regulations to render such notarial services, has the right to do so without first receiving instructions from the Department of State, since the subject has been brought to the notice of the Department by this legation in its dispatches Nos. 220 and 221, of October 26 and November 3, 1896, respectively, and whether Mr. Kelly should not address himself to the Department, requesting that such instructions be given to Mr. Abegg.
I have, etc.,